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The statistics of PMD for an optical pulse and its relationship to pulse broadening
Author(s): Ping Lu; Stephen J. Mihailov; Liang Chen; Xiaoyi Bao
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, the statistical distributions of polarization mode dispersion (PMD) for a pulse and pulse broadening due to PMD for short pulses are examined by simulations using the waveplate model with strong mode coupling. It is found that, like the case of differential group delay (DGD) for a single frequency, the distribution of PMD for a pulse is still Maxwellian with a smaller mean value than the mean DGD for one specific frequency. The statistical distribution of pulse broadening with various pulse widths and PMD values were simulated. The distribution of pulse broadening due to PMD for short pulses fits the modified Rayleigh dis tribution with lower probability of pulse broadening than that for long pulses in the small pulse broadening region.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 October 2007
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6796, Photonics North 2007, 679630 (26 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.778933
Show Author Affiliations
Ping Lu, Communications Research Ctr. Canada (Canada)
Stephen J. Mihailov, Communications Research Ctr. Canada (Canada)
Liang Chen, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)
Xiaoyi Bao, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6796:
Photonics North 2007
John Armitage, Editor(s)

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